Burma Vacation

Myanmar Vacation

Pristine Burma Burma is one of the least researched Asian nations with less than 10% of the tourists arriving in Thailand - and there are habitats here that have hardly been affected by the outside underwater. Away from the well-worn paths, this journey takes you into the hearts of the unexplored areas of Burma. Their trip begins with a checkpoint from the north of Thailand to the eastern part of Burma's Shan state, the frontier city of Kengtung. The secluded and undulating area is home to a large number of minorities and provides an outstanding insight into Burma's inland attractiveness. The Gyokteik viaduct connects Pyin Oo Lwin in Colombia with Hsipaw in the countryside, an ideal starting point for hiking tours for all abilities.

Situated in the arid Central Burma you will find the rightly beloved Mandalay and Bagan as well as the less known Chin State attractions, via the Irrawaddy River. Mount Victoria's (Nat Ma Taung) 3,000 metre high mountain, the highest mountain in Chin State, serves as the hub for several-day explorations of this area, which travels between the surrounding minorities.

Upon your check-in at Chiang Rai Airport in Thailand, your tour leader will wait for you to take you the brief way to your accommodation. When you have the power, you can use this period for a little tour - maybe a trip to Wat Phra Kaew, the most venerated buddhistic sanctuary in Chiang Rai, or the Mae Fah Luang Art & Culture Park.

Whichever you do, ask your tour leader for a tasty dinner pic. Following your breakfasts at your accommodation, your tour leader will take you to the Thailand-Burma frontier in Mae Sai. At the end of your pass check, you' ll see your leader on the side of Burma. A brief trip from the frontier city of Tachilek to Kengtung, a picturesque city around Nawng Tung Lake.

On the second half of the afternoon, after having lunch, drive towards Mong La, a city near the China-Borders. After that we go on to Wan Nyat, a one-of-a-kind Loi settlement, whose Loi residents are living in striking, long homes. On the fourth night, after having brokenfast you drive to the Mandalay International Airfield.

It is a picturesque two-hour ride from Mandalay airport to the former Maymyo mountain terminal, now formally known as Pyin Oo Lwin. Famous for its chilly temperature and luxuriant leaves, the city is situated on a 1000 metre high flat. There are many memories of settlement in Pyin Oo Lwin, among them stone and wooden buildings with English name and the botanical garden in the southern part of the city.

Take a stroll in a classic horse-drawn coach through the city and visit the Botanic Garden. Landscaped by Sir Harcourt Butler, former Governor of Burma, the garden covers 432 hectares of green space containing a rich mixture of botanic plants from around the globe. On the fifth morning, after having your breakfasts at your accommodation, drive to the Hsipaw rail terminal for the six-hour railtour.

Following a picknick on the boat, you will reach Hsipaw, a delightful city on the bank of the Dokhtawady River this afternoons. On the sixth morning, after having your breakfasts in a traditional teafood store, you will be taken on an easy hike around Hsipaw with a native leader. This hike takes you over gentle slopes where many of the locals live, among them Palaung and Pedung.

Then after a picknick, take a trip by ferry back to Hsipaw and descend the Dokhtawady River. That night we suggest a trip to Nine Buddha Hill, just outside the city, to observe the sun set over Hsipaw and Dokhtawdy. The seventh of the days you leave your hotels and have your breakfasts in a traditional teashop before finishing your time in Hsipaw with a stop at the Shan-Mart.

Once you have explored the square, start your trip back to Mandalay by road and stop at Bawgyo Pagoda - one of the most popular in the north of Shan State. They were supposed to be arriving in Mandalay early in the afternoon. On the eighth morning after breakfasts, drive to Mandalay Bridge and take a personal ferry for a brief Irrawaddy River tour.

From Mingun, a little further down the river, you will leave the ship and take your tour guides to the most important sights of the area. Afterwards, you' ll proceed your discovery with a tour of the wonderful Hsinbyume Pagoda with its unmistakable pure whiteness architectural style. After all, you will be visiting the Mingun bells, which weigh 90 tonnes and are considered to be the biggest, non-cracked, bells.

Today you will go back to Mandalay by ferry and enjoy your luncheon on the way back to the town. After your comeback you will be taken to the Mahamuni Pagoda, which is home to one of the most venerated Buddha pictures in the world. Her Mandalay trip continues with a trip to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 plates of Buddhist writing have won her the award for the largest book in the world.

From Mandalay this mornin' you will head to Monywa, a typically Myanmar city on the bank of the Chindwin River. Today your guidebook leads you to the most important sights of the area, starting with a trip to the Thanboddhay Pagoda, a giant red-gold structure with more than 500,000 Buddha pictures.

The next stop is Boditahtaung Pagoda, which is home to Burma's biggest lying Buddha picture - an imposing 100 meters long and 27 meters high. On the tenth morning after having our morning in Monywa we continue to Po Win Taung. Nearby you can also see Shwe Ba Taung, where you will discover an astonishing array of abbeys and shrines that have been hewn directly into the small, rugged rock.

You will stop in Kyet Su Kin to explore their lifestyles and cultures before continuing your trip to Pakokku and arrive at a nearby lunchtime snack bar. In Pakkoku, after midday, drive to the pier and take a personal charter vessel for a pleasant two-hour drive downstream to Bagan.

Once you arrive on the banks of Bagan, you will be taken to your accommodation and have the remainder of the night off to enjoy the area in peace and quiet. The eleventh Sunday mornings, you will go to the Nyaung Oo Market, where people meet every single night to buy and buy and distribute their products and other goods.

When you have looked around the square and maybe got some fruits or a snack, drive on to Myinkaba and take a brief walk to discover the near Manuha and Nan Paya Temple. Well-known for its magnificent levels with over 2,000 Buddhist towers, Bagan will today be accompanied by your guides to see some of the most beautiful of these.

In addition to the shrines, you will also have the opportunity to go to some handicraft stores and come back to your hotels for a meal and a rest from the mid-day sun. At lunchtime, the afternoons begin with a tour of a local paint shop where you can see one of Burma's most famous crafts.

Her Chin State experience begins this early start this mornings with an early transfer from your Bagan to Kanpetlet, followed by a seven-hour trip. If you are out and about in an open-air jet, you will have plenty of opportunity to take pictures and discover the surrounding towns. In Kazunma we continue through Burma's "dry zone" to Kanpetlet.

Saw is a stunning vantage point in a city named Saw, an excellent place to take pictures and a teabreak from where it's a brief ride to Kanpetlet. During the rest of the afternoon you are free to discover the surroundings at your own speed.

You will have your breakfasts in your lodging on the 13th morning before heading to the Mount Victoria camp early. In spite of the small distances, the trip takes about 1.5 hrs due to the craggy area. One of the few communities where tattooing on the faces of Chinese woman's faces is an ancient Chinese custom that was forbidden by the Myanmar authorities centuries ago but lasted well into the 1990s.

You will stay with a host families, where you will have the chance to get to know the village people, get to know their cultures and eat in a house. A two-hour drive by car takes you to the start of your hike to Kyardo Village after a light buffetfast.

Here, too, many of the native girls have tattoos on their faces. After about an hours meeting your vehicles, you continue to Mindat to arrive at your own guesthouse and spend the remainder of the even. They will stop on the way for pictures and teas in small towns so you can have a nice excursion and see a lot of the countryside in Burma.

In the early afternoon you reach the landing stage of Kyunchaung for the last shuttle by ferry across the riverbank to Bagan. On your return you will be welcomed by your tour leader who will take you to your downtown resort. When you have a rest and relaxation after the plane ride, your tour leader will take you to the city to give you a brief tour of this amazing former city.

Some of the high points of your today's trip include the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Kandawgyi Park and the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda - Burma's shimmering golden lighthouse. When you arrive at Kawthaung airport, a member of the Kawthaung Airport staff will pick you up and drive you to the dock where a ferry will be ready to take you to Macleod Island.

It' also renowned for its crisp shellfish and you will have the chance to enjoy Burma's best lobsters, octopus and shrimps during your sojourn. The 20th of the last days we go back to Kawthaung. On your return you will be picked up by your tour leader who will help you crossing the Thai frontier and take you to the international airfield for your return trip.

Upon your check-in at Chiang Rai Airport in Thailand, your tour leader will wait for you to take you the brief way to your accommodation. When you have the power, you can use this period for a little tour - maybe a trip to Wat Phra Kaew, the most venerated buddhistic sanctuary in Chiang Rai, or the Mae Fah Luang Art & Culture Park.

Whichever you do, ask your tour leader for a tasty dinner pic. Following your breakfasts at your accommodation, your tour leader will take you to the Thailand-Burma frontier in Mae Sai. At the end of your pass check, you' ll see your leader on the side of Burma. A brief trip from the frontier city of Tachilek to Kengtung, a picturesque city around Nawng Tung Lake.

On the second half of the afternoon, after having lunch, drive towards Mong La, a city near the China-Borders. After that we go on to Wan Nyat, a one-of-a-kind Loi settlement, whose Loi residents are living in striking, long homes. On the fourth night, after having brokenfast you drive to the Mandalay International Airfield.

It is a picturesque two-hour ride from Mandalay airport to the former Maymyo mountain terminal, now formally known as Pyin Oo Lwin. Famous for its chilly temperature and luxuriant leaves, the city is situated on a 1000 metre high flat. There are many memories of settlement in Pyin Oo Lwin, among them stone and wooden buildings with English name and the botanical garden in the southern part of the city.

Take a stroll in a classic horse-drawn coach through the city and visit the Botanic Garden. Landscaped by Sir Harcourt Butler, former Governor of Burma, the garden covers 432 hectares of green space containing a rich mixture of botanic plants from around the globe. On the fifth morning, after having your breakfasts at your accommodation, drive to the Hsipaw rail terminal for the six-hour railtour.

Following a picknick on the boat, you will reach Hsipaw, a delightful city on the bank of the Dokhtawady River this afternoons. On the sixth morning, after having your breakfasts in a traditional teafood store, you will be taken on an easy hike around Hsipaw with a native leader. This hike takes you over gentle slopes where many of the locals live, among them Palaung and Pedung.

Then after a picknick, take a trip by ferry back to Hsipaw and descend the Dokhtawady River. That night we suggest a trip to Nine Buddha Hill, just outside the city, to observe the sun set over Hsipaw and Dokhtawdy. The seventh of the days you leave your hotels and have your breakfasts in a traditional teashop before finishing your time in Hsipaw with a stop at the Shan-Mart.

Once you have explored the square, start your trip back to Mandalay by road and stop at Bawgyo Pagoda - one of the most popular in the north of Shan State. They were supposed to be arriving in Mandalay early in the afternoon. On the eighth morning after breakfasts, drive to Mandalay Bridge and take a personal ferry for a brief Irrawaddy River tour.

From Mingun, a little further down the river, you will leave the ship and take your tour guides to the most important sights of the area. Afterwards, you' ll proceed your discovery with a tour of the wonderful Hsinbyume Pagoda with its unmistakable pure whiteness architectural style. After all, you will be visiting the Mingun bells, which weigh 90 tonnes and are considered to be the biggest, non-cracked, bells.

Today you will go back to Mandalay by ferry and enjoy your luncheon on the way back to the town. After your comeback you will be taken to the Mahamuni Pagoda, which is home to one of the most venerated Buddha pictures in the world. Her Mandalay trip continues with a trip to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, whose 729 plates of Buddhist writing have won her the award for the largest book in the world.

From Mandalay this mornin' you will head to Monywa, a typically Myanmar city on the bank of the Chindwin River. Today your guidebook leads you to the most important sights of the area, starting with a trip to the Thanboddhay Pagoda, a giant red-gold structure with more than 500,000 Buddha pictures.

The next stop is Boditahtaung Pagoda, which is home to Burma's biggest lying Buddha picture - an imposing 100 meters long and 27 meters high. On the tenth morning after having our morning in Monywa we continue to Po Win Taung. Nearby you can also see Shwe Ba Taung, where you will discover an astonishing array of abbeys and shrines that have been hewn directly into the small, rugged rock.

You will stop in Kyet Su Kin to explore their lifestyles and cultures before continuing your trip to Pakokku and arrive at a nearby lunchtime snack bar. In Pakkoku, after midday, drive to the pier and take a personal charter vessel for a pleasant two-hour drive downstream to Bagan.

Once you arrive on the banks of Bagan, you will be taken to your accommodation and have the remainder of the night off to enjoy the area in peace and quiet. The eleventh mornings you will attend the Nyaung Oo Market, where people meet every single night to buy and buy and distribute their products and other goods.

When you have looked around the square and maybe got some fruits or a snack, drive on to Myinkaba and take a brief walk to discover the near Manuha and Nan Paya Temple. Well-known for its magnificent levels with over 2,000 Buddhist towers, Bagan will today be accompanied by your guides to see some of the most beautiful of these.

In addition to the shrines, you will also have the opportunity to go to some handicraft stores and come back to your hotels for a meal and a rest from the mid-day sun. At lunchtime, the afternoons begin with a tour of a local paint shop where you can see one of Burma's most famous crafts.

Her Chin State experience begins this early start this mornings with an early transfer from your Bagan to Kanpetlet, followed by a seven-hour trip. If you are out and about in an open-air jet, you will have plenty of opportunity to take pictures and discover the surrounding towns. In Kazunma we continue through Burma's "dry zone" to Kanpetlet.

Saw is a stunning vantage point in a city named Saw, an excellent place to take pictures and a teabreak from where it's a brief ride to Kanpetlet. During the rest of the afternoon you are free to discover the surroundings at your own speed.

You will have your breakfasts in your lodging on the 13th morning before heading to the Mount Victoria camp early. In spite of the small distances, the trip takes about 1.5 hrs due to the craggy area. One of the few communities where tattooing on the faces of Chinese woman's faces is an ancient Chinese custom that was forbidden by the Myanmar authorities centuries ago but lasted well into the 1990s.

You will stay with a host families, where you will have the chance to get to know the village people, get to know their cultures and eat in a house. A two-hour drive by car takes you to the start of your hike to Kyardo Village after a light buffetfast.

Here, too, many of the native girls have tattoos on their faces. After about an hours meeting your vehicles, you continue to Mindat to arrive at your own guesthouse and spend the remainder of the even. They will stop on the way for pictures and teas in small towns so you can have a nice excursion and see a lot of the countryside in Burma.

In the early afternoon you reach the landing stage of Kyunchaung for the last shuttle by ferry across the riverbank to Bagan. On your return you will be welcomed by your tour leader who will take you to your downtown resort. When you have a rest and relaxation after the plane ride, your tour leader will take you to the city to give you a brief tour of this amazing former city.

Some of the high points of your today's trip include the Kyaukhtatgyi Pagoda, Kandawgyi Park and the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda - Burma's shimmering golden lighthouse. When you arrive at Kawthaung airport, a member of the Kawthaung Airport staff will pick you up and drive you to the dock where a ferry will be ready to take you to Macleod Island.

It' also renowned for its crisp shellfish and you will have the chance to enjoy Burma's best lobsters, octopus and shrimps during your sojourn. The 20th of the last days we go back to Kawthaung. On your return you will be picked up by your tour leader who will help you crossing the Thai frontier and take you to the international airfield for your return trip.

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